I treat myself to a yearly vacation thanks to quitting smoking 9 years ago. I put aside the money I would have spent on cigarrettes toward my vacation fund for the year. Believe me, it all adds up quickly, especially if you smoked a carton per week. I feel better, smell better, and can visit places I used to dream about!
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Save money on home entertainment and put what you would have spent on sitting on your backside into a vacation fund or something else special for you and/or your entire family
Don't pay monthly for cable or satellite television service! Watch your DVD collection, get your favourite TV shows on DVD, or better yet, turn off the tube and have some family time! Skip the commercials tempting you to spend your money!
Don't keep all your money in one place on vacation
When I was young, on family vacations my parents hid some money in the car, some in their luggage & each family member carried some. Once my father's wallet was stolen, but the thief got only a small portion of our vacation funds. I always remembered....(click on title for more info)
that lesson and do the same when traveling. We keep different credit cards, travelers checks, & cash in different locations: wallet, pocket, money belt, change purse pinned inside underwear, etc. I've never been robbed, but my vacation will not be ruined if I am. (Read comments for more info.)
I can't believe how fast the change adds up in the bottom of my purse. When you go to the store and pay cash...always use bills. That way you can collect the change and after each month you can put all the change you've collected and stick it into a savings account. Mine goes into a vacation fund.
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